witticisms by Jess Witty

November 12, 2010

Handmade with Love

It's a card... with some stamping... and a flower border... which also happens to be a headband. Pretty sweet, right? I gave into the hippie handband craze and made my own version for Noelle with a strip of Prima flowers. I'm not gonna lie... I think it looks super cute in those curls :) And it was super, super easy. I used some basic elastic that you can pick up at any sewing/craft store. It was white so I just did a super quick dye job by sticking it in a cup of iced tea for a few minutes. {Note that I live in Texas and therefore always have iced tea at the ready.} I'm no tea -dying expert, but I stuck the elastic in the dryer for a few minutes after that to dry it and set the stain. I'm thinking it will hold up just fine for this purpose :) I'm also no headband-making expert, but I've made enough now to know that I prefer for them to be non-slip. {Noelle would like to note that she does not care for me constantly adjusting her headband and therefore endorses the non-slip feature. I would like to note that Noelle is no stranger to drama.} I was also trying to figure out how to put the flowers on some sort of backing that a) provided some stability for the strip which is basically backed by tulle and b) not show through said tulle. So, I figured a non-slip backing would address all the issues at once. {Kind of a rare smarty pants move on my part there.} Enter the roll of non-slip drawer liner that I had in the kitchen. Perfect. The floral strip comes in a 12" section and I didn't need to trim it at all. I trimmed a long piece of the liner and stuck it on the backside of the floral strip with a piece of ScorTape. Since the liner isn't solid, I went back and deaden any adhesive that was showing through by pouncing on it with my embossing buddy bag. All I needed to do after that was just lay the strip on Noelle's head and figure out how much elastic I needed to complete the headband. {Noelle would like to note that this was not her favorite part of the project. I would like to note that Noelle is no stranger to drama.} I just machine stitched the ends of the elastic to the ends of the floral strip so that the whole thing made a circle. Super easy. And I love it. {Noelle would like to note that she loves it, too.} I couldn't get the idea for the card out of my head, so I went ahead and made that, too. I just slipped the headband over the side, folded the extra length on the backside and taped it down with some scotch tape. But I think I love it too much to give it away. I guess I need to get another one :) {Olivia 12" Clementine flowers by Prima if you need one, too.}

11 comments:

Ohhh Snap said...

I thought it was wonderful when I just saw it as a card, it's extra wonderful with a removeable gift (headband). Love your model :D. Mine is a teen now, but she might just love this.

Cassandra said...

Thanks for the laugh Jess.

Winter said...

So pretty! I too love making my daughter and myself headbands! And we ALWAYS have sweet iced tea made! :)

Broni said...

OMG, Jess, this is adorable. Not to mention how adorable Miss Noelle and all her curls are!! Guess I know exactly what my granddaughter's Christmas card will look like. I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to's!

see mary stamp said...

Adorable! Both your daughter and the headband.

Luanne said...

Beautiful card! Can you tell me what stamp company made the ornate bird oval rubber stamp? Thanks!

Carol Metully said...

Jess, I think you are amazing! Noelle too ~ I love drama queens, at least at her age! This card/headband is so pretty and looks fairly easy to make. Thanks for the look-see and instructions.

terisplace said...

She is the cutest ever.
And your headband is awesome, Jess!

Romaine said...

So pretty! Card and headband are perfect!

Chriss Blagrave said...

"SEW" very clever! Beautiful headband and card!

Anne said...

Congratulations as the newest member of the PTI design team! Am really looking forward to getting to know you more and see more of your work. Absolutely LOVE this post with Noelle's comments! Too precious!